People who don’t like others questioning whether there is a systemic problem with the Society of Jesus need to explain why every single Jesuit-run college is a hotbed of heterodoxy and dissent.
Today’s example comes from the University of San Francisco. On December 12, the school’s LGBTQ [Q?] Caucus and its Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought is sponsoring a symposium called, “Is it ethical to be Catholic? Queer Perspectives—Community in Conversation with Fr. James Alison, Catholic priest, theologian, and author.” They could add homosexual as well since he openly proclaims himself as one. Apparently he used to be a Dominican, but what he is now is anyone’s guess. According to one web site bio: “Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, he currently travels the world as a self-described itinerant preacher, lecturer, and retreat giver.” Oh, by the way, he got his theology degrees from … the Jesuit Theology Faculty in Brazil.
Any guess on the answer to the question in the seminar’s title? Will they be able to say it is ethical to be Catholic? I think we all know the answer.
Oh, by the way, if you can’t wait until Feb 12 or won’t be in SF, you can catch him at … the Jesuit Urban Center in Boston on February 3-4. Same topic. “Co-sponsored by St. Anthony’s Shrine, the Paulist Center, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, and the Jesuit Urban Center.” If anyone in the archdiocese would like to start cleaning up some rat’s nests here, this makes a convenient list.